10/06/2015VATICAN Synod: for pope doctrine on marriage not in question, communion for divorced and remarried people not the only problem Several of the 72 participants centred their address on the “growth of the couple and the family and the treatment needed to help this growth." How the Church can “be a welcoming community that supports families in need” was one of the issues touched. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Fr Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, spoke at a briefing this morning about Pope Francis’ address to the assembly. The Holy Father noted that the doctrine on...
10/06/2015ISRAEL Protest: Israel’s Catholic schools turn the page and start year The Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem and the Patriarchate’s director general visited the country’s Catholic schools. After the four-week strike, this school year has "a special taste and significance" with pupils “full of enthusiasm”. For Mgr Marcuzzo, children need to learn about Pope Francis’ Laudato si’.
10/06/2015VATICAN Pope: no to rigid ministers, the Lord asks for mercy "Where there is the Lord there is mercy. And St. Ambrose added: 'And where is rigidity, there are its ministers''. "We only understand God's mercy when it was poured out on us, our sins, our miseries ..."
10/06/2015RUSSIA-TURKEY-SYRIA Turkey and NATO against Russian raids. But the US "are not serious in the fight against the Islamic State" by Paul Dakiki Twice Russian military planes trespassed into Turkish airspace. NATO accuses Moscow of "irresponsible behavior". The UN is concerned about the " a lot of different countries and different coalitions " fighting in Syrian skies. A war for hegemony and influence in the Middle East. Iraq prefers the Russians to the US-led coalition: they are more "serious" in fighting Daesh. Even Italy goes to war.
10/05/2015VATICAN Synod: Facing the challenges of today’s world against family as Christians The reports before proceedings. Card. Erdo: indissolubility and mercy for marriage, mission and witness of Christian spouses, support and truth for couples "with problems", respect for and responsibility towards life". "Need for proper and merciful pastoral care for divorced and civilly remarried which, however, without any room for doubts regarding truth of the indissolubility of marriage as taught by Jesus Christ himself. The mercy of God offers forgiveness to the sinner, but it demands conversion".
10/05/2015NEPAL Women sold as sex slaves in Tanzania and Qatar by Christopher Sharma The victims’ stories are just about the same. Rima Basnet was lured into slavery in Tanzania, and Kamala Tamang was sold in Qatar, where she contracted AIDS before she was thrown out. In both cases, the victims received death threats if they did not perform to satisfy the sex desires of customers. Thousands of women share the same fate: sold and used in the Middle East and Africa.
10/05/2015VATICAN For pope, the Synod is not a parliament with its negotiations and compromises The Church “interrogates herself with regard to her fidelity to the deposit of faith, which does not represent for the Church a museum to view, nor even something merely to safeguard, but is a living source from which the Church shall drink, to satisfy the thirst of, and illuminate, the deposit of life.”
10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: Parents and educators, instruments "of the love with which Jesus embraces the little ones" At the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family and asks people to welcome children "starving, abandoned, exploited, forced into the war, refused." Not a "fortress society", but a "society-family, to welcome, with proper rules, but welcome, always welcome, with love." Pray for the Synod. The beatification of Cistercian monk Pio Heredia and seventeen companions, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Thoughts for victims of Guatemala landslide and the flood in southern France.
10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity. The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Every family is always a light in the darkness of the world, may synod set out once more from Nazareth The great prayer vigil before the Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", Francis prays that the Synod Fathers hear the Holy Spirit: "Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ remains in the past, the Church becomes a mere organization, authority becomes domination, mission becomes propaganda, worship becomes mystique, Christian life the morality of slaves".
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope to the Food Bank: counter food waste by distributing it to the poor In an audience with Italy’s Food Bank Foundation, which is marking 25 years of operations, Pope Francis recalls the need to respond to the "scandal" of hunger and the "sin" of injustice of wealth and waste beside destitution. Look the poor "in the eye, shake hands with them, see in them the flesh of Christ." The memory of the "founders", the entrepreneur Danilo Fossati and Don Luigi Giussani.
10/03/2015IRAN - SAUDI ARABIA Bodies of first 104 Iranian pilgrims who died at Mecca arrive home At least 464 Iranians are believed to have died in Mecca. The Saudi authorities have not yet drawn up a detailed list of the dead and nationalities. Officially 769 pilgrims died, but it is suspected that the real body count is between 2 and 4 thousand.
10/03/2015ASIA Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economy World Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.